My sister Alyx can talk me down when I get rattled. Thank goodness.
I'm on my own this week - my husband is at the Minnesota Men's Conference until Sunday. I'm the waterer and animal feeder at my house until then - and at our neighbors' until Friday night. I'm also up to my usual schedule. So I have plenty to do.
But I've had positional vertigo for a couple of weeks, which I last had ten years ago but is still as disconcerting as it was then. I saw my doc on Tuesday and he prescribed meclizine, an over-the-counter med that appears to be working. Unfortunately, I've also got allergies that have hit my ears from time to time for the last 30 years, for which I take antihistamines - and they give me that "my head's too big" sensation. Then I start worrying about the size of my head, and I don't want to get in the car and drive, or take a walk, so I don't get out and I don't get any exercise. I've posted about the dark alleyway of my brain before, so it's a little embarrassing to bring it up again. But it's on my mind, if you know what I mean.
My sister Alyx has talked me down for the last couple of days. She's in nursing school, and she says her conversations with me help her practice her critical-thinking skills! Plus, she has a dark place in her brain also, so she gets it.
She reminded me of a couple of things this morning. First, that I shouldn't take a medication that was prescribed for me for something else. So I shouldn't be using the nasal spray at night that was prescribed for post-nasal drip just because it's also an antihistamine, unless I have post-nasal drip - which I don't now that I've changed the blood pressure medication that was causing it. And, if I am using the nasal spray because it's an antihistamine, I shouldn't also be taking Allegra, an over-the-counter allergy medication - because it's an antihistamine also, and I don't need to be taking two.
I should have thought of that myself. I'm overmedicating. Another embarrassing thing.
For the last few years I've taken amino-acid therapy (Zen) for winter blues. I take it from October 1 to March 31, during the dark times in the Pacific Northwest, along with light therapy. This summer I found an herbal remedy for mild anxiety, which I've been taking as a supplement for a couple of months. On a visit to the naturopath last week (for an issue related not to allergies but to being postmenopausal), she read the contents of the herbal remedy, noted it contained amino acids, and said, "Don't take this if you're taking the Zen." I figured, well, she wasn't familiar with the herbal remedy, and I take a very low dose of Zen, so maybe it will be okay. My sister said, "Linda, the doctor told you not to take both. Do what the doctor recommended."
I should have thought of that myself, too.
Fortunately, I heard my sister. So I won't use the nasal spray, and I will use only the Zen - even if it's two weeks before October 1.
And then, with less medication of any kind in my system, I'll walk to the library this afternoon and then drive to the post office. Oh, and get the strawberry bed ready for winter.
Know what Alyx says? That I'm retired now, and I haven't got things going on constantly that require my mental energy, even though I've got a busy schedule. So my head comes up with things. She may be on to something.
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